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310 The Four-Year Degree Alternative: Accelerating Growth with IT Certification

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM ET
Tuesday, December 5

As organizations continue to shift working models and the demand for tech skills grows, employers increasingly find themselves struggling with talent shortages and skills gaps, preventing them from realizing efficiency and revenue goals alike.

The traditional four-year college degree is no longer the only entry point into the professional workforce. IT certifications are welcomed by many employers as a viable alternative to the conventional college degree. They can also provide paths to employment for individuals looking to jumpstart their careers after high school, while avoiding significant debt due to crippling college loans. Meanwhile, employers reap the benefits of a certified team member—higher productivity, greater efficiency, and stronger mentoring skills.

In this session you will learn:

  • What’s driving the ever-increasing IT skills gap
  • Why traditional college coursework isn’t filling it
  • The implications of failing to address that skills gap, including the alarming number of jobs that may go unfulfilled
  • How IT certifications can meet the needs of both individuals and employers

Bryan Ochs

IT-Pro Territory Manager

Pearson VUE

Bryan Ochs is a veteran of the training and certification industry, with over 20 years of experience in product development, channel development, and partner management. At Pearson VUE, Bryan leads efforts to create new products and services to increase the number of candidates certifying across all exams.

Scott Thompson

IT-Pro Territory Manager

Pearson VUE

Scott Thompson has 16+ years of experience in the credentialing and assessment industry. He currently serves as an IT-Pro Territory Manager with Pearson VUE, where he helps empower learners with world class learning materials and certification.